Digital health in an interconnected world

Naresh Kumar Gandesiri
Published: February 26, 2018

The human body is a masterpiece. It is unquestionably the most complicated and intricate machine of all - working perfectly when maintained correctly. It's a machine consisting of several different and interconnected machines. However, if the human body's health fails, it can overshadow everything in life. This is why it's important to monitor it at every stage - from a minor ache to a major health problem.

Technology is so pervasive today, as witnessed by smartphone penetration reaching more than 50 percent of the world's population. There are many ways to monitor the human body and health using technology. Digital health integrates the human body into the Internet of Things and monitors our fitness, wellness, body behavior, and vitals. Technology has advanced to perform overall body diagnostics and provide personalized medicine and care to the patients using implants, wearables, smartphones, and smart sensors, which all lead to a better understanding of the voice of the human body.

In this interconnected world, an implanted device can function like an airplane's black box and used to monitor overall human body health making it easy to predict overall body behavior. There are many flagship medical device manufacturing companies currently producing medical devices that can be implanted into the body to monitor vital parts based on disease conditions. These implants have the capacity to send data from the devices to remote data centers, which can be further analyzed to understand current behavior.

Looking ahead, physicians can use predictive analytics to better predict unknown future events by analyzing current data through data mining, statistics, modeling, machine learning, and AI, in order to make future health predictions. This information can also help patients sign up for wellness and body fitness programs while also helping healthcare providers be better equipped to provide personalized care to patients. Additionally, insurance companies can use this data to provide more cost-saving options to consumers and lower claims. Given healthcare is a highly-regulated industry, securing patient privacy must be considered when designing the entire digital ecosystem.

Digital health helps deliver better access to quality and efficient care for all. This will be instrumental in helping to considerably reduce mortality rates thanks to increased awareness of health conditions and proactive health management plans.

The article was originally published on Health IT OUTCOMES and is re-posted here with permission.

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